There is a collection of Pvt.Martin Gerard's Civil War items for sale on eBay now at:
Here is what it says about the collection at eBay:
Civil War historic lot, ID’d, Indiana Infantry! Wonderful and fresh lot, purchased directly out of the family line, prized possessions of Pvt. Martin Gerard, who enlisted in 1862 into Company G and served until the unit muster out in July, 1865, in Galveston, Texas! The unit saw considerable action; was captured by Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg at Munfordville, Kentucky, a month after its muster in! It was paroled in December and sent to Memphis, Tennessee, where it saw full combat action in a heroic assault and charge at Arkansas Post. It was engaged in the Vicksburg Campaign and fought at Port Gibson, Champions Hill, Black River Bridge and Vicksburg itself. It then was engaged in the Siege of Jackson and took part in the Teche Expedition, seeing more action at Grand Coteau. It then went to Texas, then back to the New Orleans area for the Red River Expedition, Sabine Crossroads, Cane River and Alexandria. It saw more action at Forts Gaines and Morgan during the battle of Mobile Bay. The unit ultimately had 161 who died in action or in the field.
Gerard brought back some interesting artifacts, as listed below, most with the original period notes still attached:
A WONDERFUL silver ladder badge of Co. G, 67 Indiana Volunteer Infantry (not tag says he got it in 1865—the earliest named example to my knowledge to date!)
His musket mainspring vice which he carried throughout the War
A fired Spencer rifle or carbine cartridge and box of imported XL English percussion caps
Buttons from his overcoat, worn during the War
His MINTY Medal of Honor 1st Issue style GAR Grand Army of the Republic medal, numbered K25254
A colorful GAR dance program from the 1899 Whiting, Indiana, First Grand Ball
A SUPERB Dept. of the Gulf Louisiana crescent and star motif poker chip
Confederate Alabama $1 and 50-cent notes, and a Confederate $50 note, 1863 issue, in original envelope with note
a fragment of a CONFEDERATE FLAG from Ft. Gaines! Piece of red wool bunting about 2” x 5”, also mentioned on envelope
His notarized and sealed Appointment document as Postmaster of Deadwood, South Dakota, Lawrence County, in 1896!
A CDV image of him with his two brothers, who also served, taken in New Orleans
gutta percha framed images of his mother and father
his clay pipe
cased image of him before the War
This is not my family nor do I have an interest in this collection, but thought someone with this surname might have.
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